Reach for the stars in Luxembourg

Learn about the Interdisciplinary Space Master program at the University of Luxembourg.

May 11, 2023


Aleksandra Szczepaniak

University of Luxembourg's LunaLab

Do you have aspirations of pursuing a career in the space industry? If so, the University of Luxembourg offers an opportunity to make that dream a reality. Enroll in the Interdisciplinary Space Master program and join a community of students who are also seeking to establish their careers in the space industry sector :).

About the ISM program

The goal of the Interdisciplinary Space Master program at the University of Luxembourg is to give rise to the environment of highly talented engineers and innovative entrepreneurs from all over the world who will be able to overcome diverse challenges and needs of the rapidly growing space industry. These skilled individuals will have the chance to build, shape and maintain prominent commercial space enterprises and become crucial for the future economy. And who knows, maybe you'll be one of them ;).

The Interdisciplinary Space Master can help you pave your way to the space industry. You are going to obtain both business and technical knowledge of space missions and operations and have the opportunity to apply it in a number of different labs and cooperate with fellow students – all under the guidance of academic and industry specialists.

The Interdisciplinary Space Master class

As an ISM student, you will be met with substantial knowledge in all aspects of the space value chain, including space engineering expertise. Among the courses that the program provides are the following:

  • spacecraft design,
  • systems engineering,
  • space exploration and exploitation,
  • satellite communications,
  • space missions and operations,
  • and others.

What’s more, the program offers management and business tools allowing the students to set up their own companies in the space sector or play a role in non-technical existing enterprises.

The ISM program’s prospects

The ISM is like no other course at the University of Luxembourg. Its uniqueness lies in the innovative, project-based learning approach that combines technology and business aspects. This enables students to design and apply advanced solutions and technologies. As a result, graduates will have the opportunity to develop a resourceful mindset essential for a thriving career in the space industry.

The Interdisciplinary Space Master is available both as a full-time and part-time program. In either case, students will gain knowledge and skills thanks to which they will have the chance to join the ranks of the teams in the prosperous space industry sector worldwide.

Leo Rover at the University of Luxembourg

It’s worth mentioning that the Leo Rover mobile robots have been contributing to the University of Luxembourg’s teaching process for some time now. At the facility, the rovers serve a number of purposes, including research projects and various experiments. They also found a use in the ISM program in which they function as an educational platform in the Space Robotics class. The class includes aspects of programming and software, particularly Linux and ROS. Throughout the ISM course, students have the opportunity to put the knowledge they obtained into practical use by implementing it on the Leo Rover robots. For example, students get to know the vehicles' software and construction so that they know how to assemble one. They also learn how to install various packages on the robot such as navigation, network configuration, and learn about sensors, localization, among many other things.

A Leo Rover at the University of Luxembourg
A Leo Rover used in the class at the University of Luxembourg
credit: the University of Luxembourg

As a part of the Space Robotics I and Autonomous Space Systems classes, under the guidance of Prof. Miguel Olivares-Mendez, Leo Rovers are also used in the LunaLab – an analog lunar facility that resembles the surface of the Moon. On the simulated ground, students need to perform various tasks with the use of a Leo Rover such as remote communication and operation, searching for resources with onboard sensors, and providing the precise location. Basically, in the Lunalab, students face the challenge to test various applications such as the robot’s autonomous navigation, transportation, and manipulation, perform different analyses, as well as monitor and control the mobile vehicle. In addition, in the Space Robotics II class, led by Dr. Carol Martinez-Luna and Prof. Miguel Olivares-Mendez, students work with a robotic arm that’s installed on a Leo Rover and learn how to operate it in “space”.

The University of Luxembourg's LunaLab
The LunaLab at the University of Luxembourg
credit: the University of Luxembourg

Space sector awaits you

With the ISM program, you can launch your career in the space industry. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by and consider becoming an ISM student. To find out much more about the Interdisciplinary Space Master at the University of Luxembourg, go here.

Also, make sure to check out our article on the Space Resources Challenge in which the University of Luxembourg’s team participated with their two Leo Rovers :).

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